18 September 2013
RADIO BULLY CUEBALL MACKENZIE GINS UP NEW CBD "CRISIS" WHILE IGNORING SITUATIONS THAT ARE A REAL WORRY
Radio bully John MacKenzie loves a crisis. He loves the WORD crisis. He barks the word like a rabid dog. And even as his listener base has died off to be replaced by NO ONE, he builds each day's show around his ginned-up crisis, ignoring news of real consequence to Cairns.
Yesterday was no exception. The "crisis"? Reducing the speed limit in the CBD from 50 to 40.
Yes, I can hear the laughter. It's hard to believe that this subject would get even 10 seconds mention elsewhere. And yet in his opening remarks yesterday, Cueball MacKenzie was all bluster and snort on the subject.
"If you're in business in the CBD I would suggest you beware of this (proposal by Council) because this could bring the death knell to your business" he roared! REALLY! A change in speed limit creates a crisis that could end your business? You must be kidding! But Cueball sees himself as the chief protector of street operations in Cairns. He assumed that the Mcleod reconfiguration would be reversed when the Manning Council was elected. He was angry at Bob "Sleepy" Manning for weeks when he learned that he wouldn't be getting his way, because there is nothing wrong with the new layout. But MacKenzie was heard ranting about it for weeks.
MacKenzie has also been instrumental in blocking off traffic from his own residential street (Cairns Street) and installation of diversion measures on James Street. The speed that this issue was addressed by the Bob Manning Council has the stench of payback.
These ginned-up crisis replace REAL news of import to Cairns. For example, the Tony Abbott front bench has for the first time NO Tourism Portfolio. Tourism, a $35billion/year business employing over 500,000 Australians and 40% of the Cairns economy has NO federal interest anymore.
The Gold Coast tourism chief calls it "alarming" in the Gold Coast News. The Cairns Post meanwhile said nothing.
WITHDRAWAL OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT to tourism is a crisis. A 40km speed limit in the CBD is not.